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Poster: cashel Date: Jan 15, 2004 6:09am
Forum: movies Subject: question

The Internet Movie Archive is a magnificent achievement. But surely the U.S.A. should have many other similar internet organisations ?? The many U.S.A libraries, museums, universities and corporations have vast amounts of archival film. Generally ,this film has little monetary value but are assets of huge cultural ,historical and artistic value..Unlocking these hoards would certainly increase U.S.A prestige internationally

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jan 15, 2004 8:36am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: question

I certainly agree with you about the cultural value of putting our heritage online. I could go off on a long rant about how market fundamentalist values have pervaded our society and Disney has purchased our political establishment but I'll spare everyone :) Go read Lessig, Eldred, Stallman, etc instead. The bottom line is the value you speak of is not shared by our political leaders.

I think saveoursounds.org is an indication of how pathetic the situation is. Our government supported cultural institutions are reduced to begging for peanuts ($750k) in order to stop our heritage from rotting. Another good indicator is that the Library of Congress only has a digital catalog going back to 1976. Look at the LOC "Digital Library", most of the material is the same as it was circa 1996.

Maybe the BBC's recent announcement about making its holdings available digitally will embarass the US into putting up some funding.

One promising proposal is by a former PBS honcho to create a Digital Opportunity Investment Trust. It would use a portion of the funds from spectrum auctions to fund the types of projects you seem to value. Check DigitalPromise.org

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Poster: cashel Date: Jan 16, 2004 9:05am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: question

The first great documentary movie,Nanook of the north,was first shown in 1920. I feel confident that is in the Public Domain, and if so could be available for open source movies in the internet archive ( I would prefer it in mg4 or divx for small size downloading )No doubt that any one who could achieve this , would be adding cultural heritage

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jan 16, 2004 10:57am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: question

I think uploading to the IA all public domain movies that have made it to DVD would be an interesting project. Stock house websites have decent lists of films that are in the public domain, that provides a good starting place. Maybe we can enlist some college students, with their fat bandwidth and large libraries, once the MPAA has scared them from ripping DVD's that are under copyright :)

It is easier said then done, though. Finding out exactly what is public domain and then finding it can be tricky. For instance, I looked at Amazon, the only DVD release of Nanook of the North is not public domain as it was remastered and rescored.

You might want to take a look at Reefer Madness which I uploaded here from DVD. I uploaded the full resolution version and the IA's servers converted it to smaller formats. The Hemp For Victory one has a smaller format available now as well.

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Poster: cashel Date: Jan 16, 2004 1:21pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: question

THANK YOU .It certainly is a complicated subject.. re REEFER madness,a friend gave me a copy last year.Gasnier, the director was also responsible for the Perils of Pauline series in 1913, which I consider to be very entertaining. Watching Reefer, I thought that I detected many traces of his early film technique

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Poster: -FP- Date: Jan 16, 2004 1:17pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: question

You mean the 2-gig REEFER posted here isn't the full-res DVD MPEG2?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jan 16, 2004 1:51pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: question

No sorry, I meant it makes a lower quality version available in addition to the DVD quality version.

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